Multi Keyboard Layouts

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This application adds multiple additional keyboard layouts (for SFOS 3) :


  • English with a number row
  • English AZERTY
  • English AZERTY with a number row
  • A customized version of the English layout (wider space button, long press for symbols, long-press symbols shown on each key, etc.)
  • A customized version of the English AZERTY layout (wider space button, long press for symbols, long-press symbols shown on each key, etc.)


  • French with a number row
  • A customized version of the French layout (wider space button, long press for symbols, long-press symbols shown on each key, etc.)


  • German with a number row


  • Dutch with a number row (thanks to aerique)


  • Arabic
  • A new customized version of the Arabic layout (wider space button, additional symbols and emojis, etc.) (+the old customized version now called legacy)

The number row shows emojis in its 2nd/3rd pages.

The new keyboard layouts should work automatically after installation (you can choose them from Settings). However, if a layout doesn't show up, try one of the following options : 1) restart the device, 2) use Sailfish Utilities to restart Home Screen using Sailfish Utilities, or 3) from the terminal in developer mode, login as root (devel-su), then type : killall maliit-server

Source on gitlab

Application versions: 
File harbour-multi-keyboard-layouts-0.1-1.armv7hl.rpm55.13 KB14/11/2019 - 23:24
File harbour-multi-keyboard-layouts-0.2-1.armv7hl.rpm55.8 KB17/11/2019 - 01:56
File harbour-multi-keyboard-layouts-0.2.1-1.armv7hl.rpm55.82 KB17/11/2019 - 23:48
File harbour-multi-keyboard-layouts-0.2.2-1.armv7hl.rpm56.14 KB19/11/2019 - 23:18
File harbour-multi-keyboard-layouts-0.3-1.armv7hl.rpm57.16 KB27/11/2019 - 21:30
File harbour-multi-keyboard-layouts-0.3.1-1.armv7hl.rpm57.27 KB29/11/2019 - 23:28
File harbour-multi-keyboard-layouts-0.4-1.armv7hl.rpm68.99 KB04/12/2019 - 23:59
File harbour-multi-keyboard-layouts-0.4-1.i486.rpm69.21 KB04/12/2019 - 23:59
File harbour-multi-keyboard-layouts-0.4.1-1.armv7hl.rpm59.06 KB22/12/2019 - 00:56
File harbour-multi-keyboard-layouts-0.4.1-1.i486.rpm59.29 KB22/12/2019 - 00:56
File harbour-multi-keyboard-layouts-0.4.2-1.i486.rpm59.25 KB23/12/2019 - 01:50
File harbour-multi-keyboard-layouts-0.4.2-1.armv7hl.rpm59.01 KB23/12/2019 - 01:50
File harbour-multi-keyboard-layouts-0.4.3-1.armv7hl.rpm59.02 KB28/12/2019 - 22:21
File harbour-multi-keyboard-layouts-0.4.3-1.i486.rpm59.24 KB28/12/2019 - 22:21
File harbour-multi-keyboard-layouts-0.5-1.armv7hl.rpm59.22 KB14/01/2020 - 00:57
File harbour-multi-keyboard-layouts-0.5-1.i486.rpm59.46 KB14/01/2020 - 00:57
File harbour-multi-keyboard-layouts-0.5.1-1.armv7hl.rpm56.07 KB14/01/2020 - 23:58
File harbour-multi-keyboard-layouts-0.5.1-1.i486.rpm56.3 KB14/01/2020 - 23:58
File harbour-multi-keyboard-layouts-0.6-1.armv7hl.rpm57.66 KB18/12/2020 - 04:01
File harbour-multi-keyboard-layouts-0.6-1.i486.rpm57.87 KB18/12/2020 - 04:01
File harbour-multi-keyboard-layouts-0.6.1-1.armv7hl.rpm57.99 KB16/01/2021 - 20:15
File harbour-multi-keyboard-layouts-0.6.1-1.i486.rpm58.21 KB16/01/2021 - 20:15

Add Dutch layout with a number row (thanks to aerique)

Add two new Arabic layouts: classic and improved one
Rename old improved Arabic layout to legacy
Update About page design

Show long-press symbols on each key for improved layouts, only on first page (don't show when symbol key is activated)
New app icon

Show long-press symbols on each key for improved layouts

Fix typo

Rename customized layouts to improved
Improvements to Arabic layout
Add textfield to try the layouts in the app

Add a customized English layout
Update Arabic layout with diacritics on shift key press

Add a German layout with a number row
Improve application visuals

Improve Arabic layout with additional keys
Add additional emojis and symbols for Arabic layout
Fix shift key in customized Arabic layout

Add a customized Arabic layout with a number row

Fix English AZERTY and English AZERTY with number row layouts
Add a customized English AZERTY layout with number row

Minor fix to custom French keyboard

Add emojis for 2nd/3rd pages of number row
Add customized version of the French keyboard with number rows

Initial version


dexic's picture

Hi! I would like to contribute, but I would need some help to understand, how the XT9 system works. How can we get in direct contact?

adel's picture

You can propose a merge request on github with your layout. I'm not familiar with Chinese language to make one.

Historyscholar's picture

How about Chinese T9 layout?

objectifnul's picture

As you probably know, both openrepos 'apostrophe' patches don't work (sfos3.2.0.12)

objectifnul's picture

Please add apostrophe everywhere it's missing.

adel's picture

These layouts are based on the default English or French ones. Default English doesn't have an apostrophe on its first page.
I'll sez what I can do. If you want just the apostrophe, there is a patch in openrepo that adds it to the default layouts.

Vieno's picture

I really appreciate your keyboard. My German layout has numbers as well. But what is superfluous is the numbers on the special character pages. On the first page the numbers are even shown in two rows. You may fill this pages with some common special characters.

adel's picture

Thanks, I am glad you like it. Yes indeed that's a good idea. I'll see what characters could be added in the 2nd page, and make a new version.